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Zion Tracy Shines at Syracuse Camp (SI; McAllister)

Syracuse football held its annual football camp for recruits on Saturday. One of the participants was 2023 defensive back Zion Tracy who will play for St. Thomas More in Connecticut next season. However, he is originally from Long Island and was a class of 2022 prospect that Syracuse looked at towards the end of last recruiting cycle. Now he is back on the Orange radar after reclassifying and had a stellar camp over the weekend.

Tracy showed superb athleticism, change of direction, smoothness in his back pedal and strong instincts in coverage. He even ran a 4.4 40-time on a field that saw most run a bit slower than their norm, showing his elite speed to go along with above average length.

"It was great," Tracy said. "They (Syracuse coaches) said I was the best athlete there. Waiting for the offer later this week."

Syracuse was not the only program with coaches in attendance. St. John Fisher, Maine and Buffalo were all represented. In fact, Buffalo extended an offer to Tracy based on his performance. The Orange is still evaluating given that the 2023 class will be on the smaller side.

Throughout the camp, Tracy took instruction from the Syracuse coaches and enjoyed being able to learn from them.

"They taught me a lot about defensive back," Tracy said. "They coached me like I'm their own already."
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Syracuse football recruiting: Massachusetts OL Jayden Bass reacts to camp offer (247sports.com; $; Bailey)


For Class of 2023 offensive lineman Jayden Bass, earning a camp offer from Syracuse football entailed more than one sharp performance on the field this past Saturday. The Springfield (Mass.) Central High School standout first met Orange offensive line coach/run game coordinator Mike Schmidt at his local Best of New England camp last July.

The two stayed in touch through the fall as Bass completed his junior season. Then they bonded on an unofficial visit in April before Bass' effort paid off on a return trip to campus this past weekend.

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Get to Know Your Orange Man: #87, WR Donovan Brown TNIAAM; Wall)

As we head into week two of our Syracuse Orange football previews we look at a young wide receiver with speed to burn

Name: Donovan Brown
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: Freshman
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 173 lbs
Hometown: Montgomery Village, MD.
High School: Quince Orchard

2021 stats: Caught 31 passes for 611 yards and 13 touchdowns and had 15 carries for 104 yards and 2 scores in his senior season at Quince Orchard.

2022 projections: The wide receiver group is deep but Syracuse is looking for more players who can take those short passes and turn them into long touchdowns. Brown needs to get stronger but he showed the ability to be a big-play threat in the spring game and he could force his way into the rotation this fall.

How’d he get here?: Brown chose Syracuse over an offer from Vanderbilt

What’d recruiting sites say?: Rated a three-star prospect by 247 and ESPN

Money quote: On having the opportunity to earn a scholarship to Syracuse and get out of Gaithersburg

“One day you’re with your friends and the next day you’re locked up,” Brown said. “Football and track really kept me in my zone. I had my friends, family and coaches had me locked in working out every day.”
Twitter feed: @kxngdono

Tweets of wonder: Here’s one of his catches from the spring game

A little fun on the final play... pic.twitter.com/fMvOeAX7wy
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Syracuse Football head coach Dino Babers arrives to the Orange’s 2021 home opener against Rutgers on September 11, 2021.


2022 Syracuse Football Preview: Coaching Staff (WAER; Nicholas)

After a third straight losing season for Syracuse Football, major changes needed to occur. Sterlin Gilbert was replaced after a two-season stint as offensive coordinator. SU has a special teams coordinator for the first time since 2020. Find out below who was retained and who was brought onto the ‘Cuse’s staff after a 5-7 performance last fall.

Dino Babers, Head Coach

It might be hard to believe now, but Syracuse had a 5-4 record with three games left in 2021. Babers was well on his way to leading SU to its second bowl game under his leadership. Instead, three straight lopsided losses left an ugly taste in the mouth of the Orange faithful; who watched The ‘Cuse get outscored 113-34 in the month of November. Since taking over six years ago, Babers has guided Syracuse to just a 29-43 record with the success of 2018 (10-3 record, Camping World Bowl win) looking more and more like an outlier. Babers has failed to lead SU to success on the field and continues to struggle in regards to recruiting off of it. According to 247Sports, The Orange’s 2022 class ranks 66th in the country, good for the third-worst in the ACC (ahead of North Carolina State and Wake Forest).

Robert Anae, Offensive Coordinator

The man who replaces Sterlin Gilbert comes to the Salt City with plenty of recent success. As the play caller at Virginia in 2021, Anae’s unit ranked third in the FBS in total offense. The former Brigham Young offensive lineman has 15 years of experience as an FBS offensive coordinator, and spent the last six seasons in the ACC with UVA. The 63 year-old’s resume speaks for itself: Anae is a three-time nominee for the Frank Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach. In his first season as the Orange’s full-time starter, quarterback Garrett Shrader aims to improve as a passer under Anae’s tutelage. Currently, the junior’s more of a threat with his legs than with his arm, rushing for more touchdowns (14) than he did passing scores (9) last season. Anae has experience with a well-known dual threat in current New Orleans Saint swiss army knife Taysom Hill. As the signal-caller of Anae’s BYU offense back in 2013, Hill totaled over 2,900 yards through the air, over 1,300 on the ground, and accounted for 29 touchdowns on an 8-5 Cougars squad. Not only is Anae SU’s new offensive coordinator, but the first-year coach is also responsible for preparing the tight ends and inside wide receivers.

Tony White, Defensive Coordinator

White’s 3-3-5 defense worked wonders for Syracuse in 2021, his second year on the job. SU posted its best total defense mark in a decade, as opponents racked up only 330 yards per contest, the second best mark in the conference. A fierce Orange pash rush led the charge up front and averaged 3.1 sacks a game, ranking 16th nationwide. Unfortunately for White, two key defensive lineman are out the window thanks to graduation: First Team All-ACC selection Cody Roscoe and Honorable Mention selection Josh Black. Regardless, plenty of talent returns on the defensive side of the ball this go around, headlined by star inside linebacker and First Team All-ACC selection Mikel Jones. Speaking of which, White (a former UCLA linebacker) is set to be the ‘Cuse’s linebacker coach this season alongside his duties as defensive play caller. The 43-year-old has consistently fielded a strong secondary, too, sending former Syracuse defensive backs Andre Cisco, Ifeatu Melifonwu, and Trill Williams to the NFL. All-ACC standouts Garrett Williams and Duce Chestnut return to give White one of the most talented cornerback duos in the land.

Bob Ligashesky, Special Teams Coordinator

Syracuse lost former special teams coordinator Justin Lustig to Vanderbilt last season and didn’t promote or hire anyone to replace him. Instantly, SU’s most reliable unit under Lustig crumbled without him in 2021. Former Lou Groza Award winner Andre Szmyt had by far the worst season of his career, connecting on nine of 14 field goal tries. Punters James Williams and Ian Hawkins combined to average a mere 37 yards per punt. SU didn’t frequently force touchbacks on kickoffs (24%) or spark exciting plays in the return game (one touchdown). As a result, Babers brought on this 37-year coaching veteran to right the ship. Ligashesky's career includes 12 years in the NFL, where he won a Super Bowl as special teams coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008. If there’s anyone who can correct the play of Szmyt, it’s Ligashesky. Just last season, the 60 year-old developed Bowling Green kicker Nate Needham into the most accurate in the nation (.950% field goal rate). During Ligashesky’s half-a-decade run with Illinois from 2016-20, the Fighting Illini boasted both the 2018 Big Ten Kicker of the Year (Chase McLaughlin) and 2019 Big Ten Punter of the Year (Blake Hayes).

Jason Beck, Quarterbacks Coach

Robert Anae wasn’t the only member of Virginia’s 2021 offensive coaching staff to join Syracuse this offseason. Beck, Anae’s quarterback coach at both BYU (2013-15) and UVA (2016-21) was a former Cougars backup quarterback in his playing days. Under Beck’s watch, the Cavaliers had the second best passing offense in the nation last season, as Brennan Armstrong flourished. The Maxwell Award Semifinalist completed over 65% of his throws, tossed for north of 4,400 yards, and had a 31:10 touchdown-interception ratio. Between 2013 and 2021, quarterbacks under Beck have averaged 3,300+ passing yards and 500+ rushing yards a season. Beck was the position coach for three NFL passers in that time: Taysom Hill, Kurt Benkhert, and Bryce Perkins.
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Lasker sees at 'bare minimum' six wins for Syracuse football - The Juice Online (the juice; podcast; Cheng)

We’re at the stage in summer where preseason conference teams are being released and rosters are mostly finalized. We caught up with former Syracuse offensive lineman Michael Lasker so he could give his expectations on the 2022 team on this week’s The Juice on the Cuse podcast presented by SNY.tv.

Lasker played at Syracuse from 2013-16 and appeared in 30 games during that time, starting five. He started his career helping Scott Shafer to a 7-6 record in his first year as head coach, and saw the team transition to Dino Babers in his senior season.

Though Lasker shares the frustrations of many Syracuse fans following another losing season, SU’s third in a row, he also feels that things are going to change this year.

“They have the potential and ability to make the postseason this year,” Lasker said. “At bare minimum, I think they can get six games, probably close to seven.”

Lasker pointed to several factors for his prediction. The first being the change in coaching staff. In the offseason, Babers brought in a new quarterbacks and special teams coach, and also a new offensive coordinator.

“He has to make the right decisions for himself and the program,” Lasker said. “Him bringing in the (new) coaches, that’s going to make a big difference for our offense.”

Speaking of the offense, Lasker also pointed to several key offseason additions that he says will contribute to an improvement in record.

The Orange significantly strengthened their quarterbacks room in the offseason, adding Michigan transfer Dan Villari and Florida transfer Carlos Del Rio-Wilson. The Rio-Wilson commitment generated some buzz on the program, as he was a four-star prospect and an Elite 11 Finalist in the 2021 class.
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Two Syracuse football legends deserve induction into College Hall of Fame (itlh; Adler)

Two of the best players in the history of the Syracuse football program are once again on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Personally, I think that the time is way overdue for legendary defensive end Dwight Freeney and iconic kick returner/wide receiver Marvin Harrison to get inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.



According to a press release from SU Athletics, Freeney and Harrison are on the ballot for the 2023 College Football Hall of Fame class.

The National Football Foundation says in an announcement that the 2023 ballot includes 80 players and nine coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision (“FBS”).
Former Syracuse football stars Dwight Freeney, Marvin Harrison are up for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Per cuse.com, this is the fifth time for Harrison on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame ballot, while it’s the third occasion for Freeney.

The Orange program has 18 members in the College Football Hall of Fame, which is the second-most among Atlantic Coast Conference teams, cuse.com says.

According to SU Athletics, Freeney was a unanimous first-team All-American in 2001, and he holds the NCAA record for career sacks per game (1.61).
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Syracuse Football: Is running back Sean Tucker THAT guy? (itlh; Fiello)

I recently listened to a portion of On The Block with Brent Axe, and in that clip, I heard Brent talking about the Syracuse basketball and Syracuse football programs needing a once in a generational player and I don’t think he’s entirely wrong. So I ask you, is Sean Tucker THAT guy?

Last year, before the season started and throughout it, I wrote about how I believed the Syracuse football running back deserved the opportunity to wear 44. What I saw the season before on a team that struggled was a thoroughbred just waiting to be given the reigns.



And I wasn’t the only one who noticed his talent early as his own teammates as well as Twitter follower Otto’s Grove saw his potential early as well.

Sadly those surrounding the program just kept putting off the 44 discussions until Tucker himself finally decided to embrace 34 and market his image with it. That’s fine and I support him for doing whatever he decides is best for him, even though I truly believe that him wearing 44 would have been beneficial to all sides.
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Dino Babers Named Top 10 ACC Coach – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (orangefizz.net; Eads)

Earlier this week, 247 sports released a ranking of the top ten coach in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Syracuse head coach Dino Babers just found his way onto this list. Here’s what it looks like:

1. DABO SWINNEY, CLEMSON

2. DAVE CLAWSON, WAKE FOREST

3. MARIO CRISTOBAL, MIAMI

4. MACK BROWN, UNC

5. DAVE DOEREN, NC STATE

6. PAT NARDUZZI, PITT

7. JEFF HAFLEY, BC

8. SCOTT SATTERFIELD, LOUISVILLE

9. MIKE NORVELL, FSU

10. DINO BABERS, SU

Throwing Dabo at the top is obvious, he’s rebuilt Clemson into a well-oiled machine since he took over in the late 2000’s. It’s interesting to see Clawson right behind the Tigers’ head man. Where would Wake Forest’s leader have been slotted heading into the 2021 season? Probably near the top five, but an 11-win season in Winston-Salem is a very big deal.

Cristobal at three is a bit of a reach. The former Oregon head coach won a Rose Bowl and a few Pac-12 titles but hasn’t really done much besides that. The jury is still out on the former Miami Hurricane, it’s not for Brown though. The former Texas head coach experienced sustained success in Austin and has quick turned things around in Chapel Hill. Yeah, UNC struggled in 2021 but Brown is still easily a top three coach and better than Cristobal at the very least.

Doeren and Narduzzi are both deserving of top three placement. The former has turned NC State into a perennial contender in the ACC Atlantic. The Wolfpack finally got the Clemson monkey off of their proverbial back last season and now shift their sights for even bigger and better things this fall. The latter was a dominant defensive coordinator at Michigan State and just led his squad to an ACC title out of thin air. Pitt is a hard place to win at, Narduzzi has consistently found a way to do it.

Seven through nine can honestly be flipped and swapped in any order one sees fit. Hafley is still largely unproven as a head coach. The former Ohio State offensive coordinator has had some bad bounces with injuries and is still waiting for that big, eye-opening season. Honestly, Satterfield has shown much more promise and deserves to slide up to seven. The Louisville head coach has built a dynamic offense behind Malik Cunningham and the recruiting is really starting to pick up as well.
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Grambling State lands former Syracuse quarterback (hbcugameday.com; Gaither)

Former Syracuse quarterback Chance Amie has found a new home at Grambling State.

Amie, who spent the 2018 season as a redshirt at Syracuse, revealed his commitment on Tuesday afternoon.

The Texas native was a three-year captain at Robert E. Lee High School in Flint, Texas. He was rated as the No. 19 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2018 by ESPN after putting up 5,325 yards of offense and 53 touchdowns in his final two seasons. Amie rushed for 1,265 yards on 183 carries (6.9 avg.) and 17 scores as a junior and 1,066 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior. He initially committed to the University of Houston before changing his commitment to ‘Cuse.

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Amie announced his commitment on Tuesday.

Amie enrolled at Syracuse in January 2018. He made the travel squad for the Clemson, Pittsburgh and Boston College games — but never saw any action. He entered the transfer portal in 2019 and went to Blinn Junior College (the same JUCO Cam Newton played at before Auburn) where he played that season before transferring to Kilgore College. At Kilgore, he ran for more yards (345) than he passed for (253) during the spring 2021 season.

Now Amie is headed for Northern Louisiana where new head coach Hue Jackson has installed former Grambling State great DeVante Kincade as his new quarterbacks coach. UCLA transfer Kajiya Hollowayne is currently on the roster as is Quaterius Hawkins as is John-Paul Pierce, but the recent transfer portal entries of Noah Bodden and Elijah Walker have opened up some slots for another quarterback.


Top 20 ACC Wide Receivers - ACCSports.com (accsports.com; Geisinger)

As the game of football has changed over time, the ways in which offenses function has been altered. Teams, across all levels, throw the ball with greater frequency in these more modern times. The short-passing game, in particular, feels like the base for so many different offenses.

Given this evolution, it’s tricky to evaluate and compare wide receivers — with their production tied directly to these philosophies — from different generations. The numbers of some of the more recent ACC wide receivers are just too good to ignore, especially when we’re unable to adjust for certain variables: different eras, different levels of quarterback play and different defensive concepts.

No matter how it gets sliced, though, the ACC has been home to some of the best wide receivers in college football history. With that in mind, let’s dive in and take a look at the Top 20 Wide Receivers in ACC history.

20. Koren Robinson, NC State
Robinson saw just two seasons of game action for the Wolfpack, but he made his opportunities count in Carter-Finley Stadium. Robinson’s career average of 17.4 yards per catch in a Top 20 number in ACC history.

Following a productive 1999 season (48 catches, 853 yards), Robinson was ready for the launch of the Philip Rivers era in 2000. During that season, Robinson snagged 62 receptions for 1,061 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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Mitchell Wolfe's All-ACC Teams: Running Backs (SI; Wolfe)

1st-Team All-ACC Running Backs: Sean Tucker, Syracuse and Pat Garwo, Boston College


Sean Tucker returns for Syracuse with the second-most rushing yards from the 2021 season among any returning running backs. He led the conference in rushing yards and finished second in rushing touchdowns. Tucker essentially was the entire Syracuse offense last year; ideally, the rest of the offense can take some pressure off him this year. If Tucker puts together another excellent season, it will most likely be his last with the Orange.

The other running back, like Tucker, was one of the few remaining starters in the conference that won’t be in a timeshare backfield this year. Pat Garwo entered the 2021 season relatively buried on the depth chart but burst onto the scene with dominant performances against UMass and Missouri. Garwo should get the lion’s share of carries for BC this season, and with a more diverse offensive attack, he shouldn’t have to run into so many heavy boxes. Expect both of these backs to rush for well over 1000 yards and more than ten touchdowns.

2nd-Team All-ACC Running Backs: Will Shipley, Clemson and Jalen Mitchell, Louisville

While Dabo Swinney is far from reticent to give true freshmen playing time, it typically takes a few weeks before he hands them a starting role. Such was the case with Will Shipley. He dealt with some injuries in the early part of the year but started four of the final six games last year. Shipley ran for over 100 yards in three of those starts and led the team in touchdowns for the entire season. He may still share carries with Kobe Pace, but Shipley is the future of the Clemson backfield.

Jalen Mitchell is the next All-ACC running back on our list, and he will receive significant help from a very talented and experienced offensive line. Mitchell started the first twelve games of the season before missing the Cardinals’ bowl game. He only broke 100 yards in one game last year, but Louisville got stuck in multiple shootouts, forcing them to throw the ball late into games. This year, the redshirt sophomore should get some more help from an improving defense and an offense that will use him as a featured weapon.
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10 Greatest GT Wins of the CPJ Era (RX; HM)

10 Greatest GT Wins of the CPJ Era

Today we have a guest article written by "GTFletch" from CSNBBS. As the first two letters imply, he's a Yellow Jacket fan, and he remembers these glorious victories of the Coach Paul Johnson years...

Here is my Top Ten games from the CPJ era on the Flats:

#10. 2018: GT runs all over VT in CPJ's last Battle of the Techs. QB Tobias Oliver rushed for 215 yards & 3 TDs leading the jackets over the Hokies 49-28 in Blacksburg.

Georgia Tech vs. Virginia Tech Condensed Game | 2018 ACC Football

#9 2015: "Miracle on Techwood Drive": Tech upset #9 FSU on one of the craziest endings ever in college football. 22-16!
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Preliminary drawing shows the proposed $85 million Onondaga County Aquarium at the Syracuse Inner Harbor. View is from the west side of the harbor. (QPK Design)

Ryan McMahon continues to push $85 million aquarium against tidal wave of skeptics (PS; $; Breidenbach)

In eight months, Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon has been unable to convince the county legislature to buy his plan to spend $85 million on an aquarium in Syracuse.

“We like tourists in Onondaga County…A LOT!,” says the first sentence of McMahon’s new aquarium website. Tourists pay sales taxes and hotel fees that go straight into the county’s budget.

But McMahon’s enthusiasm for tourists is falling flat on many residents, who are struggling to understand why county government should get into the aquarium business instead of spending money on basic social services.

Some legislators say they are still waiting for answers to their basic questions about the long-term job of managing 600,000-gallons worth of fish tanks.

Are the estimates for attendance, expenses and revenue realistic for this market? Is the county executive comparing the Syracuse market to other aquariums in the right places? And if this is such a good idea, why has it been rejected twice before by private developers?

Experts support the skepticism.

They say the most successful aquariums start not with hopes for a windfall of tax revenue, but with solid corporate and foundation support for science. They are affordable to locals and don’t rely solely on out-of-town visitors.

McMahon has not said who would run the aquarium or whether it would fit in with any current scientific research in the region. He has not said what kind of foundation support it would get or who would be corporate sponsors, although he said he has had offers from higher education to private companies in science and technology industries.

It isn’t even clear what kind of fish it would have, except that McMahon’s team says the exhibits have to be good and ever changing to be seen as a world class tourist attraction.

McMahon has said an aquarium would attract nearly 500,000 visitors per year, create 423 new jobs and spin off $200 million in other investments like hotels around the Inner Harbor.
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